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MOB CHASES "WHEAT KING
Warm Reception Given James A. Pat
ten on His Visit to English
. Chicago. James A. Patten cant
Eeep out of the limelight. Last fall
e thought there was going to be a
fchortago In wheat and he boosted the
price to the sky. Then he waa called
(the "wheat king."
'! Next we find Mr. Patten dallying In
cuiwu, una it w uuuuuuvcu mai
jhad a corner on this important prod
uct Shortly afterward it was an
inounce,d that Mr. Patton was going to
' jget out of active business and take a
, Irlp to Europo. '
j I If it were not for that trip to Eu-
i rope there would bo no occasion for
!Mr. Patten's picture appearing on this
Jmgo. When the "wheat-cotton king"
James A. Patten.
landed In England he naturally wanted
to virlt the cotton exchange at Man
chester. He went Now, If the tele
graphic reports are true, he wishes
he hadn't They mobbed the Ameri
can "wheat-cotton king." They made
him run and seek shelter in a nearby
shop. The police had to rescue him
and cart him away in a carriage.
Those Britishers did not like it be
cause Mr. Patten, honored citizen of
Evanston, 111., that select suburb of
Chicago, had cornered cotton and
made the price so high that some of
the English mills have had to close
down. It wasn't a gentlemanly thing
to do, hut they didn't take that into
They say Mr. Patten was indignant
It is predicted that his indignation
may result in tacking a few more
reuts on to the price of cotton. Most
anybody would get even if he could.
ON HIS WAY TO THE ORIENT
William J. Calhoun Goes to China aa
Minister from the United
San Francisco. William J. Calhoun.
Chicago, the man who is to have the
honor of representing the United
States in China because another man
talked too much, sailed with Mrs. Cal
houn on the steamer Tenyo Mara.
March 15 for the orient. -
Mr. Calhoun was selected for the
place after Charles R. Crane, also of
Chicago, had been recalled Just as he
was about to leave -this city for
China as minister from the United
States. Secretary Knox wasn't pleased
with some of Mr. Crane's utterances
about affairs In the far east so he let
Mr. Crane go and called upon Mr,
Calhoun to take up the duties. Mr.
Calhoun has made no such mistake as
that credited to Crane and he has re
fused to discuss Japan, China, Russia
or any other old country or its affairs.
On April 2 Mr. Calhoun expects to
land in Yokohama, Japan, where he
William J. Calhoun.
will remain about a week. Thence he
will proceed - to Shanghai, China,
where the acting minister, H. B
Fletcher, who was recently appointed
minister to Chile, will meet him. W
W. Rockhlll, now ambassador of the
United States to Russia, who was for
mer minister to China, may also meet
Mr. Calhoun in China.
Realism Too Great.
The recent attempt of Florence
Schenck, quondam "Virginia beauty,'
to take her life recalls a little Inci
dent in Miss Schenck's career that oc
Icurred during her brief appearance in
'"The Queen of the Moulin Rouge" at
the Circle theater. New York.
One evening during the restaurant
scene Thomas W. Ryley, the manager,
observed that amid all the revelry
' Miss Schenck slept soundly sd peace
folly. At the nd of the act he gently
. "I don't see why you should kick
about that.1 retorted Miss Schenck
.'"Ctrl of the class I am supposed to be
.representing In the play -frequently
.fall asleep In restaurants."
mm, fat J
(X " V"!"" '. el
Divorce Seems the
Curse of the
O the workaday world,
which wonderingly reads
of the increasing number
of divorces of the Van
derbilts, the most puz
zling and at the same
time the most tragic
aspect of their ' matri-'
monial record is ta ef
fect upon the little Van-
derbilts. To be under the shadow of
the divorce court Is the fate of more
than half the children that have al
ready been born of the Vanderbilt
unions. In fact they are all exposed
to this malady and its results more or
less directly, as other children are ex
posed to the measles and the whoop
ing cough. Whether it "takes" or not
lb their own immediate families, there
are those who believe that there are
none of the Vanderbilt families but
who have this fate impending that
even if it never drops divorce is al
ways a sword of Damocles hanging
over the beads of the most devoted of
At present there are five Vanderbilt
children of the younger generation
whose fathers and mothers have en-
Joyed immunity from the divorce'
courts and who have only come In
contact with it second hand.
There are also just five who through
no fault of their own are "short on fa
thers," and who, getting along with
one parent are left to puzzle their
baby heads as best they can over
what has become of the other. Whether
this shortage will increase into a
multiplicity of fathers and mothers by
each parent marrying again is the
question which is now occupying
those who are close enough to see the
motions of that part of the Vanderbilt
family which are separated.
Children Involved In Muddle.
Of the children already involved in
the divorce or separation muddles
Willie H. Vanderbilt son of Alfred
Gwynre Vanderbilt. aged eight.
Muriel and William K.. children of
Willie K. Vanderbilt Jr.
Marquis of Blandford and Lord Ivor
Spenser Churchill, children of ; the
duchess of Marlborough. ,
Among those not yet affected are:
Catbleen, daughter of Reginald Van
derbilt. Cornelius and Grace, children of
Cornelius III., as he is usually called,
but really Cornelius senior, as he Is
now the oldest member of the family.
The two children of Mrs. Harry
Payne Whitney, who was Gertrude
Vanderbilt bring this number up to
How far this will go and where It
will stop; to what extent It will break
up the possibility of the perpetuating
of a great family and a great fortune
by always keeping one of the sons as
"the bead" Is the question which agi
tates those who are most Interested in
Parents Set the First Example.
That the newest and latest separa
tion ot Willie K. Jr., from bis wife,
who was Miss Virginia Fair, and that of
the duchess of Marlborough from the
duke is only natural with the example
set by their own father and mother is
conceded. It was only a short time
after her own marriage that the
duchess of Marlborough had the op
portunity to exercise all her diplomacy
from the embarrassing habit which
her own father and mother formed of
marrying again, and it was noticed
that she was quite equal to the occa
sion. Her father, Willie K. Sr., was mar
ried to Mrs. Rutherford In London,
and the duchess was present. After
the ceremony she kissed her lather
and wished him happiness, and she
has always been on friendly terms
with his new wife. She has also been
on the most affectionate terms' with
her own mother, who married O. H.
P. Belmont immediately after the di
It was not so long after this that
everybody was shocked with the news
that the duke and duchess could no
longer live together or would no
Terms Favorable to the Duke.
Under the arrangements of the sep
aration settlement the children were
to be with their father a small part of
tho time, and most of the time with
their mother. But under the English
plan the duchess could not live at
Blenheim, the home of the Marlbor-
oughs, but had to content herself with
the beautiful town house presented to
her by her father. That the duke
- . uvuv i urn. i-i-ni uunc
J looks crusty and unamiable is the
opinion of many Americans who have
seen him. and tourists who have vis
ited Blenheim have resented the sight
of this small lordling (small in stature
at least) riding horseback over his es
tate, which had been enriched by his
wife's money while its gates , were
closed to his wife.
Now it is tLught that a reconcilia
tion may be accomplished by the
duchess' father, and, apropos of this.
the latter has made a remark which is
considered funny when his own matri
monial experiences are remembered.
"This nonsense of a separation has-
gone far enough," he said. To try to
rorce ine pair to live together again
he is reported to be cutting off part
of the allowances that he makes to
both the duke and the duchess. He
has allowed the duke $50,000 a yeaf
since the separation, and the duke
soon declared that he could hardly
keep up Blenheim on It so that it
wouldn't g actually to pieces.
Duchess Lends a Helping Hand.
To help him out the duchess re
lieved him of the support of the two
children, paying for It out of her al
lowance. In the meantime it seems to
those who look at the beautiful por
traits of these children that they both
look out on the mix-up which sep
arates their father and mother with
Whatever happens, the little duke
of Blandford cannot be cheated out of
his patrimony as far as the estate is
concerned., although the fortune that
it will take to "restore" it again when
he comes of age will have to depend
upon the good will of his grandfather,
Vanderbilt. How many more separate
sets of grandchildren this gentleman
will have to settle his money upon
will be seen later, if his son Willie K.,
gets a divorce and remarries. In case
this son should acquire another fam
ily there comes the question, will Wil
lie K., Sr., be most interested i, in his
namesake, Willie K. III., who remains
with his mother, or will he naturally
turn to later children that might be
born to his son Willie K. II.
Whether Mrs. Willie K. II. will re
marry is wondered about. It was her
sister, Mrs. Arthur Kemp, who di
vorced her husband and declared that
it was the millions belonging to the
rich married couples that begets all
the unhappiness. ' '
Fate Hangs in the Balance.
In the meantime even more uncer
tainty await3 the fate of little William
Henry, aged eight, who is the only
child of the Alfred Gwynne Vander
bilts. This was the child who was
elected to receive the bulk of the
other half of the great Vanderbilt for
tune. It will be remembered that old
William Henry divided the greater
part of his fortune between his sons
Cornelius and William K. equally. His
other sons, Frederick and George,
and his four daughters, Mrs. Elliot F.
Shepard, Mrs. W. Seward Webb, Mrs.
H. McKay Twombly and Mrs. W. D. t
Sloane. shared emiall-v in the remain- f
der of the fortune.
'It was the hope of the father of
this large family that of the two sons
whom he' made the chief heirs one
would build up a line of succession
which would remain stable and re
ceive the bulk of the fortune. Cor
nelius announced his purpose of do
ing this, and his eldest son, Cornelius,
generally known as Cornelius III., was
picked as his heir. When this young
man announced his intention of mar
rying Miss Grace Wilson, the beautiful
daughter of a fine New York family,
but: seven or eight years his senior,
there was a furious quarrel.
"She is too old for you, and if you
marry her I will disinherit you," said,
Son Gives Decisive Answer.
For answer the - son immediately
married her and lost $50,000,000, which
his father willed to Alfred Gwynne
afterward. It was the largest fortune
ever given up for love, and, strange
to say, the man who lost . it has-
seemed to be the most happy of all
the Vanderbilts in his matrimonial re-'
Mrs. Cornelius is said to be one of
the few women in her set of New York
society who has brains, and she is a
perfect society leader. She is a de
voted mother to her beautiful children,
and under her Influence Cornelius has
worked hard in the railroad business.
He has invented several appliances
which are in use on his own and other
railroads. He is a scholarly and un
usual man, and there are some who
think that he may have the best gifts
to pass on in succession of any of the
But the money, so the father willed,
should be conserved and passed on by
Alfred Gwynne, who Married 1 Elsie
French. Alfred was not scholarly,
however. He was not even possessed
of the microbe of family devotion. His
deflections, both from the path of
business and matrimonial allegiance,
have been notorious andvcostly. They
have cost him his wife and a tre
mendous alimony, and the separation j
from his eight-year-old son, William
Henry, the child to whom the bulk of
the fortuue was to have been passed
More "Alliances'' Now In Sight.
But now Alfred shows signs of mar
rying again, if his uncertain "light o'
love" should hit upon some one who
is eligible to matrimony. Lately it
has hovered around Miss Lena Ash
well, the London actress, who is in
every way his equal socially and who
is his superior in present standing, on
account of his escapades. Mrs. Elsie
French Vanderbilt has also been In
dulging in what looks like a prelimin
ary matrimonial skirmish with Count
Von Bentinck, a lieutenant in the Ger
man army. ,
DIVORCES IN THE VANDER
. BILT FAMILY,
W. K. Vanderbilt divorced and
Consuelo Vanderbilt separated
from the duke of Marlborough.
Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt divorced
and married to O. H. P. Belmont.
Mrs. Frederick Vanderbilt di
vorced from her first husband.
Alfred Vanderbilt divorced'.
Willie K. Vanderbilt, Jr., talk-,
ing of divorce.
Elliot Shepard, great-grandson
of Commodore Vanderbilt, , once
separated from his' wife.
Col. Vanderbilt Allan, the son-in-law
of William Henry Vander
bilt, who was divorced from the
wife he married after the death
of his first wife, the daughter of
W. H. Vanderbilt.
Mrs. Clarence Collins, grand
daughter of Commodore Vander
bilt, divorced. tf'
Countess Czalkowsky, . great
granddaughter of Commodore Van
Leroy Dresser, the brother of
Mrs. George Vanderbilt, sued for
Visitor And who Is the poor man
in the padded cell?
' Attendant Oh, he's the chap who
tried to follow the advice of all hie
I alleged friends.
The Spring Suits
l TRICTLY tailored , lines are the
ij accepted thing for spring suits.
There, is a smartness in these
severe models which is not gained in
the dressy suits. Then, too, the more
conservative designs are safer, as a
plain tailor-made costume is always
in good style, no 'matter what more
striking fashions, either beautiful or
absurd, may be in the running at the
The distinction of a good tailor
made model lies in the arrangement
of the cuffs, collar, and button ' pla
cing,' and it is a chic novelty in these
details that marks the first showing
of suits as entirely of this year's
Some of the cuffs and collars are
faced with the material, . but there is
more cachet to the models having a
darker touch for a finish. Nearly all
the coats are single-breasted, or very
slightly doubled, and they fasten with
one, two, or three buttons. The coats
are short, but not unbecomingly so.
The sleeves are on the straight-coat
sleeve lines, fitting into the armbole
with little or no fullness. The skirts
clear the ground well, some ' being
shorter than others. Two inches from
the floor is a good practical length. : -
There is no skirt so universally be
coming -as the plaited model, s and it
it )to be the fashionable thing for the
spring suit ' The plaits are ar
ranged in . various ways, prettily
grouped, or coming below a - yoke.:
Both box and side plaits will be used.
Very fetching are ' the - fabrics for
the delightful spring raiment and
charming color adds its attractiveness
to the beauty of the weaves. , Coarse,
open, rough finished goods, though
very light in weight, ore the latest
DIRECT FROM PARIS.
Trlcone of mole-colored felt lined
with black velvet, a knot of velvet
drawn through a steel clasp holding a
moie-gray feather. ! .. . (.' '
, Little Girl's Dress. .
A girl of six years has a pretty pina
fore dress , of white linen, ' having a
panel front and back, with three large
scallops, with small ones between, at
the tops and bottom. The sides are
plahited to give desired fullness and
the small sleeve caps are notched. All
notches are outlined with blue em
broidery is a. dainty button hole
stitch. The button holes are worked
with blue, and the buttons are white
pearl, with blue centers. The dress
Is in one piece, to be worn with sheer
A Novel' Dryer. ,
The woman who, goes in for beauty
fads has now adopted the slapping
method of drying.
After the bath instead of .drying
with a Turkish towel she slaps herself
dry with light even strokes of the
palm of h.r band, and fingers.
This is supposed to have a benefi
cent effect on circulation and Is es
pecially recommended to those who
are subject to a dead feeling of the
fancies, and white threads are woven
in, giving a lovely light silvery tonei
which it most effective,
Green, rose, biscuit, tan, gray bltte,j
and a grayish lavender are among thet
popular ' shades ' in . the ' fashionablei
cheviots, homespuns and allied fabrics.;
Dark blue and medium gray will. be
worn for more practical suits and es-'
pecially for long .coats for motoring,
traveling of such outdoor wear. ; w
, White serge is one of the loveliest
of all materials for : the better suit
and no modish .outfit Is quite com-!
plete without one of these smart crea-i
tions. , i ' i-. i
The suits and coats of the accom-j
panyihg sketch, give a general ideal
of the, trend of fashion for the first!
spring days. The loose coat of the)
first sketch is : an air-around useful)
garment for motoring. It is of navyj
serge of a loose, wide ? wale, : with
black satin, gold buttons,, black cordsj
and a hood faced with navy silk dot-
ted in white.' ;
The second sketch Is of a light soft)
blue homespun with black satin collar
and cuffs, and an odd finish above the
fastening made of matching 'soutache
and wee crocheted buttons. It is an
excellent model, too, for a white;
serge suit : '
The long coat is of dark blue serge
with collar, cuffs and pipings of cop-i
per colored cloth. ; The buttons are)
black and silver. Such a coat will
be very useful for a woman who goes
about a good deal on the cars orj
train.'". ; ! .
The remaining suit is a practicaij
comfortable affair for everyday wear
in green cheviot with black satin but
tons and collar, and revers of natural
pongee. , ' ,
COLORS THAT SUIT YOUTH
f '' , ' r-.yy
Anything Bright Is Good, But Combi
nations Are to Be Skill
- fully Handled. , '
.There Is undoubtedly an age In
colors. The clear blues, reds, pinks
and yellows belong to youth. - and
youth alone should wear them. ,
The time will soon come when the
pastel shades, the - lavenders, ' the
shaded purples and ' the . shadowy
greens must be our lot Therefore,
"gather ye rosebuds while ye may"
and glory In all the fresh, beautiful
colors of youth. : , , .
It is not one color that is to
bright too loud for a young girl; it is
the combination of two' or more colors.
If this be remembered jirhen replen-
ishing the wardrobe, and only those
colors . be chosen Which will combine
with , those already' got fewer ' mis
takes will be made, and the number
of "perfectly hideous", hats or frocks
hung in forgotten clothes presses
would soon diminish. , '
It is a mistake for a young girl to
eliminate ail the stronger colors from
her belongings, for she, and she alone, '
can do them justice. ,
t Making a Paper Hat
In theseN days of fancy paper cos
tumes a1 girl should know how to make
an effective hat Tear crepe paper
into two-inch strips the length of the
sheet Take three strands and plait
closely inte a smooth and even braid.!
Cover a wire frame with these
braids and face under part of brim,
with plain crepe ' paper or mull to1
match. Make a bunch of paper flow-1
era roses, poppies, or carnations '
and arrange them on the hat with aj
band of dull green, brown, or black
glazed paper to represent velvet
Polka ..Dots. ' ' r
Polka dots provide ornameatatien
for a plain lawn shirt waist and en
rich the trousseau of a recent bride.
The colored dots form a line down
the front box plait and the plaits on
each side. . They also ran down the
top of the sleeve and cover the entire
four-inch cuff and the attached nigh
collar. A , plaiting' of, the plain.: white
material extends-down-one side' of-the
front plait and this is edged with a
narrow line of plain color.
The Paris Shades.
In Paris the red-pink shades of vel
vet find many admirers, bat porples.
ojenB and blues are close rivals.'
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